Toronto FC vs Atlanta United FC Prediction, 10/16/2021 MLS Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto FC vs Atlanta United FC
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: BMO Field in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+155) Atlanta (+162)
Josef Martinez and Atlanta United (10-9-9, 8th in Eastern Conference) head to BMO Field on Saturday where they'll take on Toronto FC (6-7-15, 13th in Eastern Conference). The goalies protecting the net are Alex Bono for Toronto FC and Brad Guzan for Atlanta United. The moneyline on this matchup has Toronto FC coming in at +155 and the 5 Stripes are at +162. The total opens at 2.75.
Toronto stepped onto the pitch against Chicago in their last matchup and notched a win by a score of 3-1. TFC attempted 24 dribbles in this matchup and converted 13 of the tries for a percentage of 54.2%. When talking about passing the ball, they had a 83.0% received passes rate by converting 420 of the 506 pass attempts in their last outing.
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In relation to shooting accuracy, Toronto walked away from the pitch at a 38.5% rate by putting 5 shots on target out of 13 shots. Toronto is averaging 1.18 goals per 90 min (33 total goals) and are sitting with 26 assists in all competitions for the season.
Alejandro Pozuelo is a guy who should impact this matchup for Toronto FC. Pozuelo has been given a starting assignment in 205 games in his pro soccer career and he accounts for 0.22 goals per 90. The forward born in Spain has 46 goals in 18,797 minutes played. He has accounted for 53 assists while accumulating 32 yellow card cautions during his soccer career.
Another guy who should impact this match is Jonathan Osorio, the midfielder born in Canada. Osorio has earned 16,524 minutes in 183 career starts and has been given 16 yellow card warnings. He has helped a teammate on a goal 27 times so far in his pro soccer career while scoring 33 total goals. He scores 0.18 goals per 90 mins so far in his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Toronto FC is Alex Bono. Bono has seen the field for a total of 10,887 mins and has earned 373 saves thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.49 (180 total goals given up) and he holds a save percentage of 69.8. The goalkeeper from the United States has had 539 shots sent in his direction in 119 starts. Bono (53-29-38 record during his soccer career) has 25 shutouts, which leaves him with a 21.0% clean sheet rate.
The last time they took the field, Atlanta took a defeat with a final score of 2-1 against Montreal. The 5 Stripes finished the match with a 76.9% successful dribble rate by converting 10 out of the 13 dribbles they tried. They finished the match by converting 552 out of their 592 pass attempts for a rate of 93.2%. Atlanta landed 3 shots on target out of their 11 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 27.3% rate in their last game. With 34 goals and 24 assists for all their matches, Atlanta averages 1.21 goals and 0.86 assists per 90 min.
Josef Martinez should be able to be counted on for Atlanta United FC. The forward born in Venezuela has been on the field for 14,630 professional minutes while earning 105 goals. He has accounted for 13 yellow card cautions in his career and has helped a teammate on a goal 16 times. He currently averages 0.65 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 166 contests during his pro soccer career. Be sure to watch out for Ezequiel Barco, the forward born in Argentina. He has 22 goals so far in his career while helping a teammate on a goal 17 different times. Barco has been handed 14 yellow card cautions in 7,805 mins (82 starts). His goals per 90 min average so far in his career is 0.25.
Brad Guzan will be looking after the goal for Atlanta United FC. Guzan has tallied 101 shutouts and has seen 1,712 shots tried against him in 33,568 career mins. He sports a save % of 69.9 and his clean sheet rate is 27.2%. He has given up 1.42 goals per 90 and he has earned a record of 126-88-159. In his career, Guzan has given up 530 goals and has 1,194 stops in 372 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's soccer game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (+155)
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